Friday, August 14, 2009

For intoxicated patients it the ER

---forget the banana bag. Just give 'em thiamine:

In our ED, patients with acute ethanol intoxication do not have B12 or folate deficiencies. A significant minority (15%) of patients have thiamine deficiency; its clinical significance is unclear. Widespread administration of multivitamins is unwarranted by these findings, but thiamine may be considered.

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